Bringing Columbia Public Health Experts to China - Center hosts Global Health Symposium and Urban Health Roundtable with The Mailman School of Public Health

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Bringing Columbia Public Health Experts to China - Center hosts Global Health Symposium and Urban Health Roundtable with The Mailman School of Public Health

May 11, 2014

Bringing Columbia Public Health Experts to China

- Center hosts Global Health Symposium and Urban Health Roundtable with The Mailman School of Public Health

As air pollution, food safety, and medical insurance reform becoming the ever mounting concerns of the general public in China, the Global Health Symposium co-hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing (哥伦比亚大学全球中心|北京), The Mailman School of Public Health, World Health Organization (WHO) China, and the Urban Health Roundtable co-hosted by Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, The Mailman School of Public Health and Urban China Initiative, took place at a time when public health experts are most needed.

The Mailman School of Public Health Dean Linda P. Fried traveled to China in March 2014 with a delegation of high-level academic leaders to learn about the public health needs of China and explore a variety of partnerships with government, academic, research and industry leaders. The delegation’s interests and expertise are focused in the areas of environmental health, urban health, health systems, aging, HIV/AIDS, and health policy and management.  

A close-door Urban Health Roundtable in the morning and a public Global Health Symposium in the afternoon on March 26 were two of the highlights of the delegation’s visit. The closed-door roundtable focused on urban health and created a platform for dialogue between the Mailman School and a variety of stakeholders, ranging from government entities, NGOs, to academics, to discuss possible mechanisms to incorporate health considerations into the urban planning process in China. Participants came from the National Development and Reform Committee under the State Council, Natural Resources Defense Council of the U.S, and Chinese Center for Disease Control. The roundtable was co-sponsored by the Urban China Initiative, a joint project by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, Tsinghua University, and McKinsey & Company, focusing on bringing policy makers and scholars together to face the challenges of urbanization in China.

The Symposium in the afternoon provided a chance for the Mailman delegation to present their latest work to the public, including an overview of the Mailman School and a presentation on healthy aging in cities by Dean Linda Fried, an introduction of public health education for the future and the Mailman’s School’s new curriculum by Vice Dean Melissa Begg, a presentation on the importance of prevention in public health investment by Sandro Galea, Chair of the Epidemiology Department, a comparison of health policy and management in the United States and China by Michael Sparer, Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, a case study on air pollution in Taiyuan China by Deliang Tang, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences,  and a presentation on lessons we can learn from the HIV response in Africa by Wafaa El-Sadr, University Professor and Director of ICAP. The Symposium ended with a Q&A session and a reception. The symposium was co-sponsored by the WHO China office.

The Columbia Global Centers | Beijing also assisted in arranging a series of high-level meetings during the Mailman delegation’s visit, including China Medical Board, China Scholarship Council, WHO China, Tsinghua University’s Center for Public Health Research, Peking University School of Public Health, The Energy Foundation, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and the National Center for AIDS Prevention and Control (NCAIDS) and senior political leaders including former Minister of Health Chen Zhu. During the trip, the Mailman School established a variety of relationship with China’s policy makers and scholars in public health, which hopefully will be lead to greater future collaboration between the Mailman School and China.

 

 

A list of the presentations from the Global Health Symposium is below and video of the symposium can be viewed at  here

“Overview of Mailman School and its contributions to Global Health”  by Linda P. Fried,  Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center, DeLamar Professor of Public Health, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine

“Public Health Education for the Future: Innovations and New Directions" by Melissa D. Begg, Vice Dean, Education, Professor of Biostatistics at Columbia University Medical Center, Director of the MS in Patient Oriented Research Program, Department of Biostatistics

“Understanding the return on investment of primary prevention efforts worldwide” by Sandro Galea, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology

“Better Policy, Cleaner Environment and Healthier People - A Case Study in Taiyuan, China” by Deliang Tang, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Medical Center 

“Seeking benefits for all in creating healthy aging in cities”  by Linda P. Fried, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center, DeLamar Professor of Public Health, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine

“The Global HIV Response: Lessons from Africa” by Wafaa M. El-Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology, and University Professor of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Director, ICAP

"Health System Reform in the United States: Are There Any Lessons for China?" by Michael Sparer, Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management, Professor of Health Policy and Management

 

Video

MSPH Global Health Symposium part 1

Center hosts Global Health Symposium with The Mailman School of Public Health, co-sponsored by WHO China Office, on March 26, 2014.

MSPH Global Health Symposium part 2

Center hosts Global Health Symposium with The Mailman School of Public Health, co-sponsored by WHO China Office, on March 26, 2014.